For over three years now, there have been numerous news reports and speculations on the assumed on-and-off again relationship between broadcaster and actress Thando Thabethe and model and “actor” Lunga Shabalala.
However, the latest episode of Thabethe’s executive producer reality show Unstoppable Thabooty aired which featured a cameo of Lunga Shabalala.
It would have been safe to assume that the two were still an item. But in light of the episode, it seemed that Thabethe was intent on squashing these rumors and establishing just how hard it was to get the episode to air.
This comes as Thabethe broke the story of the alleged harassment and fear she was living under following her most recent breakup with Shabalala.
Lunga Shabalala’s subtle response to Thando Thabethe’s abuse claims
In the story broken by the Citizen, and subsequently shared with The South African. Thabethe revealed that she had reached out to the courts to obtain a restraining order against Shabala for what she considered to be harassment and exhibiting “strange behavior.”
This comes as Thabethe established that their most recent and seemingly final breakup was in October 2022. As such, thereafter Shabalala began to exhibit “strange behavior.” Most notably, it was shared that:
“March 3, 2023: Mr. Shabalala could not reach me and therefore tailgated into my complex under the guise of fetching his belongings. Upon realizing I was not home, he called my best friend numerous times and went on to ask her for the location of my work engagement.
“May 5: Mr. Shabalala arrived at my place of work; followed me to my car.
“May 12: Mr Shabalala once again followed me, from work to a nearby restaurant.
“On another occasion, I went to Durban. He got upset, feeling he needed to know who I was traveling with.”
As such, it was confirmed that the protection order was granted by the courts. A fact that saw social media have a field day dragging Lunga for filth and jokes on the timeline as it was suggested that he was unlucky in matters of the heart, both on and off-screen.
Lunga Shabalala has bad luck ngo mjolo in real life and in acting 😭 pic.twitter.com/SyxnWv5BSC
— Msenti (@Msenti91657768) June 7, 2023
The curse of men is South African women, we are living at the mercy of them. If he is not abusive he raped them. We are threading between prison and good life. We are just a stone throw away from going to prison. We are a cursed as men of South Africa
— Godfather Mlambo (@GodfatherMlambo) June 7, 2023
In light of the furor over the matter, it seems that Shabalala did not want to give his side of events with an official statement. Instead, he opted to take to his Instagram stories to share a subtle commentary on the matter. This comes as he shared a poster stating:
“Truth never gets old (plus love)”
Whether this is a confession of wrongdoing, or merely suggesting that he has his version of events he is not willing to share at the moment, it is unclear. However, given how our South African Celebrities tend to air their dirty laundry before going back to their “exes,” who knows whether this is the end for the two personalities?
In Other News- Thando Thabethe Gets A Protection Order Against Ex-Boyfriend Lunga Shabalala
According to News24, the lovers called it quit in October 2022 but the actress has been getting threats from him since their messy breakup. Learn more